Today we got to watch the Major League debut of Janson Junk, half of the return on the Andrew Heaney trade. We got to watch Heaney implode while he was a Yankee. Are they now going to LOL at us in return, or is Junk not junk? Well, let’s just say that this game was a lot more difficult to write up than yesterday’s game.
Tavares- single to right. Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield hit. Adolis Garcia hit into a double play to end the Rangers half of the first inning.
David Fletcher grounded out to third. Shohei Ohtani almost reached on a grounder to first, but was tagged out by the first baseman, Lowe. Phil Gosselin reached on an infield hit. Then Phil Gosselin had the audacity to bunt for a base hit and met with success. Jo Adell also reached on an infield hit. Hey! This is working! Then Stassi made out to end the festivities.
DJ Peters hit a home run to welcome Junk to the big leagues. Jonah Heim hit an out to Rengifo for out number one. Nick Solak hit a fly to David Fletcher for the second out. Then Junk struck out Jason Martin to end the first half inning of the second.
Marsh grounded out. Lagares grounded out. Rengifo singled but Fletcher hit a fly ball out to render it all meaningless.
Yonny Hernandez grounded out for the first out. Leody Taveras lined out to Phil Gosselin. Kiner- Falefa reached on a line drive to Lagares in right. Two outs and a man on first. Junk proceeded to walk Adolis Garcia to put a second man on. Nathaniel Lowe batted next. Unfortunately, the ball bounced off Junk’s glove over to Rengifo who totally borked the throw. The result: a run scored and men were at first and third with two outs. DJ Peters homered again. 5-0 Texas. Jonah Heim bounced out to first, mercifully, to end the inning.
Shohei Ohtani struck out. Phil Gosselin hit a long fly to Tavares for the second out. Jack Mayfield hit one sharply to third for the third out.
Nick Solak grounded out to first. Jason Martin got struck out for the second time by Junk. Scouts everywhere are taking notes. Yonny Hernandez singled, whereupon Joe Maddon took his Junk out. I don’t know if the scouts are still taking notes. He brought in Jimmy Herget. What a game! Yonny Hernandez stole second base. Herget struck out Taveras to end the Rangers half of the Fourth Inning.
Next up, Jo Adell, who hit a homer on the first pitch he saw. 5-1 Texas. Max Stassi grounded out to third.. Brandon Marsh struck out. Juan Lagares lined out to left to douse the Angels hopes in the fourth.
Herget hit Kiner-Falefa in the back to put a man on first. Adolis Garcia grounded out to the shortstop advancing the runner to second. Nathaniel Lowe walked. Matt Wise went out to the mound at this point for a visit. DJ Peters came up and reached on an infield hit. Thus ended Herget’s day. Joe Maddon brought in Jake Petricka. Jonah Heim walked to drive in a run. 6-1 Texas. Nick Solak struck out. Jason Martin then struck out on three pitches.
Luis Rengifo lined out to right field. David Fletcher fouled out to Garcia. Shohei Ohtani struck out.
Yonny Hernandez singled to left and then stole second base. Leody Taveras struck out. Elvis Peguero came in to face Isiah Kiner-Falefa who got a base hit to make it 7-1. Adolis Garcia reached on a liner to left field. Nathaniel Lowe hit a ground out to Fletcher. The runners had to hold. DJ Peters hit a fly out to Marsh to end the Rangers half of the sixth inning.
Phil Gosselin was out on the first pitch he saw. Jack Mayfield doubled to bring up Jo Adell. A wild pitch advanced Mayfield to third base. Jo Adell hit a second homer for two runs. 7-3 Texas. Max Stassi lined out to center field. Brandon Marsh struck out to end the inning.
The Angels now bring in Kyle Tyler to pitch. The Angels set a record with him. The Angels never before brought in 61 players in a single season. 35 of those have been pitchers. Jonah Heim hit a fly ball to Adell for an out. Nick Solak grounded out to Fletcher. Jason Martin grounded out to Luis Rengifo.
Juan Lagares grounded out to first base. Luis Rengifo hit a fly ball out to Martin. David Fletcher hit a 1-3 bounce out to end the inning.
Yonny Hernandez grounded out to Fletcher. Leody Taveras struck out. Isiah Kiner-Falefa also struck out.
Shohei Ohtani walked. Phil Gosselin struck out. Jack Mayfield popped out to the first baseman. With Jo Adell at bat, Ohtani stole base number 23 for the season. Then Adell walked. Max Stassi struck out.
Adolis Garcia hit a fly out to Fletcher in the short outfield. Nathaniel Lowe hit a fly out to Jo Adell. DJ Peters hit a two out double to Marsh. Jonah Heim popped out to Jack Mayfield to bring up the Angels.
Brandon Marsh made out on a fly ball to left. Juan Lagares hit a fly ball out to center. Luis Rengifo singled to right to bring up David Fletcher. Rengifo took second base on defensive indifference. David Fletcher walked to bring up Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani struck out to end the game.
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